Murder in the Heartland (1993)

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The miserable life and long-overdue death of thrill killer Charles Starkweather is the basis of the two-part TV movie Murder in the Heartland. Over a bloody few months in 1958, Starkweather (Tim Roth), a 19-year-old high school dropout, embarked on a killing spree, snuffing out 11 victims. Along for the ride was Charlie's 14-year-old girlfriend Caril Ann Fugate (Fairuza Balk). The debate still goes on as to whether Caril Ann was a willing accomplice or a reluctant prisoner; as played by Ms. Balk, she comes off as dumb as mud. A shorter, fictionalized account of the Starkweather killings was offered in the critically acclaimed 1973 theatrical feature Badlands, starring Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek. Murder in the Heartland originally aired May 3 and 4, 1993.

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Tim Roth
as Charles Starkweather
Fairuza Balk
as Caril Ann Fugate
Randy Quaid
as Elmer Scheele
Brian Dennehy
as John McArthur
Kate Reid
as Pansy Street
Milo O'Shea
as Clem Gaughan
Roberts Blossom
as Gus Meyer
Tom Bower
as Marion Bartlett
Rondi Reed
as Jonette Fox
Bob Gunton
as Gov. Anderson
Gerry Bamman
as Judge Brooks
Ryan Cutrona
as C. Lauer Ward
Angie Bolling
as Clara Ward
Don Bloomfield
as Bobby Colvert
Jennifer Griffin
as Velda Bartlett
John Hussey
as Mr. Jensen
James Prince
as Deputy Sheriff Bill Romer
John S. Davies
as Merle Karnopp
Mark Walters
as Chief Robert Ainslie
Jeff Perry
as Earl Heflin
Connie Cooper
as Hazel Heflin
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